As I was lying in the water, I was very aware of the bright sun and the dolphin presence around me. I suddenly got a chill that ran through my whole body. I opened my eyes to verify for myself that I was still in the Caribbean heat, and I was. I quickly realized that my body being cold was an experience from the past. Once I came into awareness of this, I immediately thought of a downhill ski race trauma that I had experienced fifteen years ago. I had a pretty bad concussion and thought perhaps that I was accessing the concussion. But my body negated it, and my attention was drawn to my right knee. I immediately recalled that my knee was torqued in the fall as my ski caught the gate. At this moment, Hippo place his rostrum against the outside of my knee. Suddenly I realized that the pain I had with my knee for fifteen years was not from repetitive injury, but from that specific trauma. I felt my knee release. The release became deeper each time Hippo contacted my knee. This went on for 4 or 5 times and then it felt like my knee was renewed! I was able to bend and straighten my knee in the water without pain or clicking. On land, my knee was comfortable for the first time in years. Since this experience I have been able to complete activities I enjoy without discomfort. I am really grateful for Hippo’s intuitive sense and guidance in my holistic expereience.
One of my most profound experiences with dolphins was during the first physical contact I received from them in which my initial fear of water instantly became non-existent in my life from that moment into the future. As I nervously floated in the warm Caribbean water, the dolphin gently touched my left shoulder and I immediately felt at ease. I could hear the dolphin’s vocalizations as it swam closer to me and the moment of contact created a feeling of deep peace throughout my being. On an emotional level I felt unconditional love and a shift in time and space, while on a physical level I felt vibration and energy along my spine. My dolphin experience on that day is beyond words and forever changed my life.
Lying on my back floating, ears under water, I can hear the sonic sounds of not only Hippo but all the dolphins present in other areas around us. As I float gently with the flow of the water I felt myself slip away into complete calm. Every so often I would feel the gentlest tap on my forehead or other part of my body, it was Hippo assisting in the session. I always had the awareness of when Hippo was present and at my side even when he was not actually touching me. I wonder if it was not only his energy that gave me the awareness but the frequency and vibration of his sonar (Dolphins make up to 3000 different sounds some of which we cannot actually hear). One particular moment continues to stand out above all the rest. I was sending Hippo energy because I was so grateful for how much he helped us all in the previous days. Hippo then came over and touched my right hip with his rostrum. He had positioned himself so that my right hand was touching him by his dorsal fin, in the same manner as a CST session. At that moment an immense sense of clarity, peacefulness and lightness came over me. I truly believe the way he had positioned himself was no coincidence. He was completely aware of my intentions of helping him as much as he was aware of how to help me. As I said before words cannot explain the experience and exactly how the experience has changed me. I just know I am different for having had the time with the dolphins. I have so much gratitude for these amazing creatures and the opportunity to work with them.
The most memorable experience with the dolphins for me on my most recent trip was when Hippo was connecting with us on a level deeper than that of reward for tricks. He didn't want to leave us when the trainer was directing him to!
Whenever I have had the privilege to meet some new dolphin friends I am always humbled and in awe of the feeling of being greeted by sentient beings who recognize who I am as I enter their presence. It stops me in my tracks as our eyes meet and I begin to sense each one and as I am aware of them scanning me on all levels. Whether meeting dolphins in the wild or in a lagoon such as at Dolphin Discovery the experience has been the same. The safety, ease, benevolence, and joy that the dolphins exude is so exquisite that it takes some time, often months or years to fully appreciate. Experiencing the instant rejuvenation that came from the 'play time' with the dolphins at Dolphin Discovery after a sleepless night of long weary travel - just from being in their water, with their sonar, and with their consciousness is an experience that I think is unparalleled. A "before and after" photo of us would have been unbelievable! Then there were days of being with the same dolphin each day as we explored the dimensions of the experience in his presence. This gave me an opportunity to commune deeply with him, scan his inner and outer physical form, sense his history, his emotions, and his awareness as he processed being with us in a different way. It seemed to me that he had a rigidity in his spine and back area but otherwise seemed quite healthy (though perhaps a little overweight/out of shape) for an old alpha male. I sensed some of his confusion in what was "expected" of him as we floated in his home waters. And, as I acknowledged who he is and his history I felt him become more introspective, somewhat melancholy. Here was some deep connection as I gratefully honored the life of service and work for humanity that he has given. On our last day I scanned him again and to my surprise it seemed that the tension in his back had release and changed considerably. He also seemed to know that we were leaving for now and I sensed him withdraw in an emotionally self-protective way. I am fully aware that all of this could be imagination and am more than willing to own any of my projections. Yet, I have also learned to trust my sensing and awareness without judgment and let them have their accomplishment within the life flow. I was not attempting to 'do something' to this dolphin nor was he to me but if there was something lifted to a higher level through our connection, however brief, I humbly play my part. No doubt there were levels upon levels of connection that my dense capacities are unable to process, just as we are not able to hear their range of sound and sonar, but perhaps one day all levels will once again be accessible thanks to these remarkable beings we call dolphins.
My first dolphin experience on the island of Tortola was both physically and emotionally beneficial. I had some lower back issues and some minor shoulder pain. Being in the water with the dolphins and the facilitator allowed me to relax and to really let my mind go. During the session I was able to sense a very strong and emotional connection to my brother, Alex, who had recently passed away. Venus, a 25 year old female dolphin, was very vocal during my session and was directly under my back for much of the session, she also touched my shoulder, hand and elbow with her rostrum a few times. When the session was over I felt as if I had a nice long nap. My back and shoulder felt great and free of pain and restriction. I also was happy to feel a strong connection to Alex via the experience.